Work by Stephanie Mercado/Photo by Martha Benedict Discovery Tour arrives at the studio of Chrstopher Pate./Photo by Martha Benedict Bus loads of art lovers wound their way through the streets of Highland Park, Mt. Washington and other Northeast L.A. communities on Sunday during the 20th annual Arroyo Arts Collective’s Discovery Tour. The tour provided an opportunity to explore the area’s art scene, meet with artists and peek into studios tucked into bedrooms, basements and garages.
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There is a first time for everyone… and it was for my friend Ben. Ben & I spent our 4th of July atop Mt. Hollywood, which boasts 360 degree views to watch the fireworks…
As you may know from the previous blog on July 3rd, there was a hike excursion with The Los Angeles Hiking Club, were about 120+ hikers and some of their dogs trekked up Griffith Park to watch fireworks atop Mt. Hollywood, the 2nd highest mountain in Hollywood, the highest being Mt. Lee, where the landmark Hollywood sign is located.
DJ Moby talked recently about his pursuit of the hidden and the strange in LA architecture. He tells tumblr bloggers that a homeowner in Hancock Park called him out as paparazzi and tells 1883 Magazine about Hollywood’s mysterious Villa Carlotta, dropping this gem: “LA people love buildings and they always have stories about them, and no one’s ever too concerned about whether the stories are actually historically accurate. As long as they’re intDJeresting.” He talks to both outlets about the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Ennis House, which he says looks like it was built by “Incan space aliens 4,000 years ago.”
Herb Ritts revolutionized fashion photography, modernized the nude, and transformed celebrities into icons.
“Through hard work and a distinctive vision, Herb Ritts (1952–2002) fashioned himself into one of the top photographers to emerge from the 1980s. Ritts’s aesthetic incorporated facets of life in and around Los Angeles. He often made use of the bright California sunlight to produce bold contrasts, and his preference for outdoor locations such as the desert and the beach helped to separate his work from that of his New York-based peers. Ritts’s intimate portraiture, his modern yet classical treatment of the nude, and his innovative approach to fashion brought him international acclaim and placed him securely within an American tradition of portrait and magazine photography that includes Richard Avedon, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Irving Penn. Read more